A flexible, multi-mode of operation, high-resolution survey platform for surface and underwater operations

Daniel Toal, Sean Nolan, James Riordan, Edin Omerdic

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This paper describes the ROVLATIS, a multi-mode of operation flexible platform for high-resolution nearseabed survey from shallow inshore waters to depths beyond 1000m. The paper further describes the operation modes of the vehicle. Special system features
include: deployment flexibility for both small inshore boats and larger research vessel; fault tolerant controls; onboard computer control enabling real-time disturbance reaction, autopilot functionality and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) experimentation; and topside augmented reality operations support, simulation for remotely operated vehicle (ROV) pilot and sonar operator/hydrographer training. Vehicle and control development using the University of Limerick (UL) virtual underwater laboratory/simulation tools and hardwarein-the-loop testing is described. The paper includes test results from the March 2009 offshore sea trials with the ROVLATIS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-174
Number of pages16
JournalUnderwater Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes



  • Remotely Operated Vehicle
  • Intervention Operations
  • High - Resolution sonar survey
  • Multi-sonar Controller
  • Operations Support
  • Augmented Reality
  • Sonar and Vehicle Simulation

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